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Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance

Knitting in the City, Book 1.5
Written by: Penny Reid
Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan:

1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris

2) He's not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants

3) He doesn't know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn - former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat - is ready to propose marriage. In fact he's more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day - thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of prematrimony: engagement; meeting the parents; bachelor/bachelorette party; and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn's dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain: Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e., the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

You must listen to Neanderthal Seeks Human first before listening to this book.

This book is written in first person with alternating POVs (Janie Morris and Quinn Sullivan, but more Janie than Quinn).

©2014, 2015, 2016 Cipher-Naught (P)2016 Cipher-Naught

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  • Angela S.
  • 2017-04-11

A Wedding to End All Weddings

Where does Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

Janie and Quinn's humors relationship just keeps getting stronger.

What about Jennifer Grace and Sebastian York ’s performance did you like?

LOVED Jennifer Grace. She's so expressive with the perfect degree of kookiness that's perfect for Janie. Sebastian York is also well cast.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed my way through this book.

Any additional comments?

If I was forced to find one flaw, it might be that the book is a tad on the long side. However, every chapter adds a great deal to the story, and I was never bored. I wouldn’t change a thing. I’d like to make a toast to Penny Reid for gracing us with her creativity and fantastic sense of humor.

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  • Annie The Audible Addict!!!
  • 2016-11-30

SLOW START BUT A BEAUTIFUL HAPPY TEARS FINISH!!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would....this is a cute series!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance?

The Wedding!!!

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Grace and Sebastian York – was your favorite?

Janie and Quinn of course!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed an cried both..I cried a lot the last 2 hours out of sheer happiness!!!

Any additional comments?

Super cute first 2 books...I may continue after the beginning of the year...and i am definitely going to listen to the Beard books too...Oh Janie is wonderfully brilliant and mentally exhausting too!! I am so happy for these 2!! This is the wedding book and it is well worth the listen....I recommend!!!!

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  • Kelly
  • 2018-07-09

Nope!

This is probably the worst book I've read/listened to. The main character is horribly annoying. She's dumb, and insecure and completely unreliable. Her fiance is borderline abusive. I hated this book and am completely turned off by this author.

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  • Heather McDade
  • 2017-07-02

Not as good as the first

Such a cliche, I know but it's true. It was a good wrap up of Quinn and Janie's story but it didn't have me laughing out loud like I was in the first during the knitting club fight scene. Still good though.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2016-08-23

Love this!

Love love love Penny Reid, Sebastian York, and Jennifer Grace. Always listen to whatever they put out.

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  • Robyn
  • 2016-07-20

Love, love, love.

A well written, well preformed book. I bought this as soon as I finished the first one. Janie and her friends crack me up! Quin added great balance suavely sexy and funny too! Third installment coming up!

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  • Ready2Read
  • 2019-03-13

Great sequel

I really enjoyed this second installment. Penny Reid did an amazing job with the quirkily eccentric Janie & Quinn was her perfect balance. The narrators fit. I was already a Sebastian York fan, so it was great to hear him lend his vocal talents to make this story an amazing listen!

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  • Kentucky Bohemian
  • 2019-03-07

Oh My!

Total giggle, snort, face-palm and swoon fest!
Penny Reid is my hero: she rocks my world!

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  • Lenore Kosinski
  • 2019-02-28

Enjoyed it even more than the first book

4.5 stars — There was a lot more to this story than I was expecting. I’m actually a fan of stories that address “what comes after the happily ever after”, and in a way that’s what we get here. I loved that we got to delve a little deeper into Janie and Quinn’s romance and see how they would tackle the next challenges in life. It was that extra that I didn’t know I wanted or needed.

First, the narrators: Jennifer Grace was just as enjoyable giving voice to Janie’s quirks in this one as in the first one. I once again loved her pacing, emotions, the consistency of her different character voices…just all of it. I will definitely look for more from her in the future. Sebastian York on the other hand is one whom I haven’t enjoyed as much previously. I will say that I didn’t mind him as much in this one. Whatever quality of his voice that bugged me in the other book didn’t bother me quite as much in this one. Basically he’s still not a narrator I would seek out, but he didn’t dampen the story for me this time. I think part of that is that he had less sections (it definitely wasn’t 50-50 with the female narrator). I still wasn’t super excited with his voice for Janie, but again…it wasn’t as bad as the other book. So yay! That means I don’t need to completely avoid him! 🙂 Trust me, that’s a win since he’s very popular.

All the fabulous aspects from the first book were present in the second: awesome nerdy humour; ridiculous situations; hot chemistry between Quinn and Janie; the best girl gang I’ve ever read. It wasn’t a reprisal of the first book, it was just MORE. And I loved all those aspects just as much this second go round. My favourite really is the tight knitting gang, and both their crazy shenanigans and their unwavering support of one another.

I think I laughed EVEN MORE in this book. And it wasn’t just the crazy antics….more often than not, it was little one liners from the wondrous brain of Janie. She would just surprise me and I would laugh out loud. Sometimes it’s the subtle humour that pulls me in more than anything.

And while the laughing was good, it was the heart in this book that really put it over the top for me. Pretty much everything surrounding Quinn and his parents, and more importantly what Janie gained from her new relationships with Katherine and Desmond had me tearing up on multiple occasions.

One thing I will note, I haven’t read many of the books in this series, and I’m trying to go through them in order. But I think the timeline in this one overlaps a LOT with book 2, so I’m not sure if I should have read that one first or not. I guess I’ll find out when I read it next.

So yeah. Great success. What really made me happy is that at this point I was just invested in our characters, so any little bits that bugged me in the first book just settled for me in this one, and I was able to just enjoy myself. It definitely makes me want to finish the series SOON SOON SOON!

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  • Selina Burford
  • 2018-12-12

Better than the first in the series

The first book was slow and I didn’t enjoy it. This one started slow but did get better. I think I liked it more because of Sebastian York. It gave a break to the ramblings of the female character. I am going to keep through the series since I now want to know what happens with the other characters.